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Small app to show directories and files

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I have a CD I created that holds many "tools"...these are various downloaded utilities, programs of various kinds that 3 of us techs carry with us to the clients site...actually this CD is jam packed with about 650Mg of utilities.. a LOT of stuff...

Example... a folder called Security has subfolders for Adaware, Spybot, CWShredder etc etc and each sub folder holds the program to install and use on the clients computer...another folder is Virus Stuff and that holds subfolders for Norton updates, Stinger, virus deletions programs, etc etc...There are about 30 primary folders and each folder holds from 4 to maybe 30 subfolders...

The 3 of us add tools as we find them, move them around, take things out that don't work like we like...We update this cd about every 2 weeks and burn them as we need...

Problem...Sometimes we are looking for some utility and don't have a clue where it is...we open all the folders and it's always in the last folder we opened...:)

I am looking for some type of utility that we can have on the CD, and run from the CD that will show a listing of all folders and all files within the folders...don't need any file attributes, date, size etc, just the name...I don't want to do it with a text file as we would be constantly updateing that file...I want something that will search the CD and display the contents...

If it could explode the listing out in a directory style, like Windows that would be helpful...

This would allow us to quickly find the utility we are looking for...

We also usually have a small text file with each utility showing the URL where to download the latest and greatest, and maybe 10-20 words on how to use it, or if we like it or not...etc...

Googled around for a lot of file listing programs, but so far, no joy...

Hoping someone may have done something like this and has a few ideas...

Thanx
Steve
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I would think the easiest way would be to do a dir /s/b>sometextfile.txt on where you store the files. It would take 5 seconds and you would have the list.
if you wanted something nicer you could change how it outputs the text so it can be put in an html file to. If you want some help with it that way I could help you.
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also once you had the txt file you could do a simple search in it then highlight the line it's on then copy the text and do a start run
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Alta Vista used to distribute a personal search engine for searching documents and files store on a home PC. It would then display results in an HTML page. Would something like this help?
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by:qabs
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Dark...
Going to test your idea later today...

Akiras...
This sounds more like what I am hoping to find...can you tell me more about it so I can search for it???

Thanx
Steve
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I found a link to it from 1998(!) here: http://aroundcny.com/technofile/texts/bit071298.html. Don't know if it's what your after, but it might be worth a shot.
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Also, there is http://www.x1.com/. There software is quite expensive though.
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by:CarlBormans
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Try Deductus.
A very good and cheap utility that can catalog any cd you have, and can index all kinds of files including the contents of any cd.
You can run it right of the cd.
See  http://aolej.com/dedu/
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by:qabs
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I got it...!!!

None of your suggestions geve me the answer, but they all provided directions...and here is what I did...

I found a copy of Powerdesk...fairly popular tool from a few years ago that kinda replaces, or supplements Windows Explorer, I guess...

In it there is a "find" utility that is it's own executable...I took that file, pdfind.exe, out of the files the Powerdesk folder when you install it, placed that pdfind.exe in the root of my CD...

So the folders on my Tools CD are like this...

Tools (folder)
     pdfind.exe
          Tools (subfolder)
                All the other subfolders, about 30 of them...

So now, when I put the CD in the tray, and open the first tools folder, it shows me the pdfind.exe and the subfolder tools...

I execute the pdfind.exe, a the Powerdesk find utility window opens up, and I do a search for *.*...in about 2 seconds I have a full listing of everything on the CD, about 840 files, which I can then re-arrange alphabeticly, by name, by paty, by type etc...

So, if I have an idea of what tool I am looking for, I can now find it in less than 5 seconds...or if I want to browse thru all the files, this allows me to do so...

CarlBormans, AkirasLoveChild, DarkDrago all contributed, and while your suggestions helped, none really did what I was hopeing to find...so I am going to split the points between the 3 of you...

Thanx for your time and input...

Steve

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